Preview: Queens Dinner Club & Tanabel’s traditional Syrian Iftar to Jackson Heights

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Date(s) - 05/20/2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Queensboro Restaurant


Cover image – Courtesy of Queens Dinner Club

What’s up? Chef Fadila Maamo cooks up an Aleppine feast
at Jackson Heights’ hot spot on first night of Ramadan.

Damage? $70 includes full tasting menu. Cash bar available.

Why you should go. The feast cooked by Fadila Maamo, a Syrian refugee who came to the U.S. from Aleppo in 2016, will take place at The Queensboro, the hottest new restaurant in Jackson Heights, one of America’s most diverse communities. Maamo was the first chef to work for Tanabel, which which celebrates the rich culinary traditions of the Middle East and employs refugee women, and was founded in 2016 by Brooklyn-based Chef Hannah Goldberg after that year’s presidential election

The multi-course feast includes everything from sharab al tamarhindi wa ward, a traditional tamarind rose iced tea drunk to break the fast, to  knafeh, crispy filo pastry stuffed with sweet cheese and drenched with orange flower syrup. In between there will be more than a half dozen traditional delicacies including fakhdeh bi freek wa ful akhdar, slow-roasted lamb served over smoked green wheat pilaf with fresh fava beans and fried nuts.

What is the Queens Dinner Club? Without any doubt, Queens in a jewel of New York City, with its amazing diversity and food culture as Chef Jonathan Forgash concurs, “The best things about Queens are its people and its food,”  Forgash, along with veteran Queens food writer Joe DiStefano and local foodie Gabe Gross, created Queens Dinner Club to celebrate both. QDC curates a series of local dinners offering guests an opportunity to experience the global cuisines of Queens with their friends and neighbors.

Useful tips:

  • RSVP ASAP limited seating available.
  • Alone or with friends? Bring friends.
  • Drinks are available for purchase.
  • Attire? Casual works.
  • Business cards are always a plus.
  • Have fun and bon appétit.